As the mother of 2 growing boys and a husband with a “hollow-leg” (ie: he eats insane amounts of food without gaining an ounce) I usually error on the side of preparing too much food most of the time. Rarely do we have a large portion of leftovers. We typically have “Buffet Night” once a week where we clean out all the leftovers from the fridge. On this rare occasion, I had a lot of meatloaf left over as I made a 2 pound loaf. Before you roll your eyes over meatloaf, this isn’t your typical dry loaf of ground meat, but rather quite moist, filled with bell peppers and topped with a balsamic glaze, mmm, my mouth waters at the thought it is so delicious.
Yes I could have re-served the meatloaf in its original loaf-of-meat form, but thought it was destined for something greater. I found some lasagna noodles in the back of the pantry and then remembered I had frozen some leftover marinara sauce from a previous meal or two. Voila! Leftover Lasagna!
What you need:
Leftover Meatloaf (approx 1 pound -half of a 2 pound loaf)
Leftover marinara/meat sauce from spaghetti night (i freeze my remaining sauce for future use-if you don’t then no need to thaw it, right?)
Note: I made this amidst the zucchini harvest so I also sautéed chopped zucchini with mushrooms and minced garlic and added to the meat layer. So there are some veggies in here too 🙂
Mozzarella cheese (approximately 1 1/2 pounds shredded)
1. Boil lasagna noodles
2. Chop up meat loaf
3.Thaw marinara sauce (note: I had a batch with meat and a batch without meat and I used both)
4. Pour a little sauce at bottom of a 13×9 baking pan, layer cooked lasagna noodles on top
5. Then layer meatloaf, veggies, sauce, mozzarella cheese, noodles, sauce
6. Bake covered 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until heated through.
7. Uncover and sprinkle top with cheese about 5 minutes before taking out of the oven.
Disclaimer: Yes I know this is not real lasagna, it is not authentic and it is lacking the appropriate cheese blend, the third layer of noodles and missing the ricotta, BUT the boys loved it and it was a great way to create something new from dinner leftovers. 🙂